Wake Forest Drops Series Finale to Georgia Tech 6-5 in 12 Innings
April 17, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Carlos Lopez had two home runs, including a game-tying blast in the bottom of the eighth, but Georgia Tech scored a run in the top of the 12th to beat Wake Forest 6-5 Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Yellow Jackets claim the series victory and improve to 27-10 overall and 14-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Demon Deacons are now 14-23 overall and 6-12 in conference play.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Lopez took a 2-1 pitch over the right center field wall for his second home run of the game, scoring Charlie Morgan and tying the game at 5-5.
Michael Dimock and Georgia Tech's Luke Bard took turns shutting down the opposing offenses from the ninth inning through the 11th inning, as neither team could take a lead during that time. Dimock pitched a season-high five innings and struck out a season-high six batters. Bard also went five innings and struck out four.
The Yellow Jackets finally broke through for a run in the top of the 12th. Kyle Wren led off the inning with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk put runners on the corners, Jake Davies lofted a ball to center that Steven Brooks was able to catch. With Wren tagging from third base, Brooks delivered a perfect throw to Brett Armour at the plate, but Wren slid around the tag to score the winning run.
Ryan Lloyd led off the bottom half of the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pat Blair, but Bard helped GT end the game with a ground out and a strikeout on the final two batters.
Lopez finished the game 3-for-5 with two homers, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Lloyd, Brooks and Morgan had multi-hit games with two hits apiece, while Morgan drove in two runs, as well.
Dimock suffered the loss in a great effort to fall to 3-1 on the year. Bard picked up the win and is now 2-2.
Mott Hyde got Georgia Tech on the board first in the top of the second with a three-run home run to right field, never allowing the Deacons to lead during the game.
Lopez cut into the deficit in the bottom half of the second with a solo home run, making the score 3-1. He now has six home runs in the year, five of which have come in ACC play.
The Yellow Jackets threatened again in the top of the third and loaded the bases with just one out. Nate Jones was then inserted into the game on the mound to replace starter Austin Stadler and struck out the first batter he faced. After a pitch got away from Armour, Esch attempted to score from third. However, Armour recovered quickly, flipped the ball to Jones who was covering the plate and Jones ran Esch back to third before firing to Lopez who made the tag.
Jones had a very good outing and pitched a perfect 2.0 innings of baseball.
With the score still 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Brooks singled to begin the inning and stole second to move into scoring position. Mac Williamson flied out to right center field to move Brooks to third, and a fly ball from Morgan into left center sacrificed the run home.
The Demon Deacons then tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was again the combination of Brooks and Morgan that provided the run for Wake Forest. Brooks led off the inning with a double to right center field and scored two batters later on a single up the middle by Morgan, making the score 3-3.
Georgia Tech answered immediately with a run in the seventh and added a run in the eighth to set up the game-tying home run by Lopez.
Wake Forest will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts Winthrop at 6 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The Deacs will resume ACC play next weekend at Clemson.